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Strengthening Families since 1940


Our Services

One-on-One Counselling

Our counsellors provide one-on-one counselling. To set up an appointment please call 519-621-5090. Many of our programs are subsidized by local partners, government or other programs. We also currently offer an equitable fee structure that allows you to "Choose Your Rate". 


We provide a series of group sessions to support you as you walk towards healing. From grief counselling to relationship groups to managing anger.

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"All people deserve to feel valued as part of our community... I am incredibly thankful for a generous community which supports our recovery homes and social enterprise."
Marian Best


A community where there is equality, respect, empathy and inclusion.


To provide exceptional counselling and outreach in a safe, caring and respectful environment.

We Value

Efficient use of resources

Our Roots

In 1940 a group of community members came together to support local families who suffered loss of employment and the loss of family members as a result of WWII.

The group knit socks, produced medical bandages, assisted families with food and urgent living costs and provided counselling for soldiers returning from war. The counselling took many forms: helping strengthen re-united families; supporting soldiers as they faced post experience trauma; walking with soldiers as they found meaningful employment.

The services grew and, in 1961, Family Counselling Centre incorporated as a non-profit agency and acquired charitable status in 1967. Founding members continued their contribution to the community by extending their reach and establishing the Cambridge Kin Club and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

Our Funding

We are grateful for donors and financial supporters who extend the availability of funding to all people. Without their support, we would not be able to continue to provide the quality of services currently available.

Federal Government

Provincial Government 

Municipal Governments 

Foundations and Granting Bodies 

Individual donations from private citizens (like you!)

Our Staff

Anna Barth, RP, MA

Registered Psychotherapist

Master of Art, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Therapy, NLP Institute, Hungary

Member of:    
Collage of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

 Years of Experience: 10 years of Neurolinguistic Therapy, 1,5 years of Clinical counselling/psychotherapy

 Areas of Specialty: Multiculturally informed individual psychotherapy and group work for trauma (attachment injury, immigration trauma, religious injury, abuse) Grief and Loss in English and Hungarian.

Personal Philosophy: I believe, behind traumas, everybody has a healthy ME. I am passionate about supporting individuals by providing psychotherapy and training by applying the latest results of Neuroscience in psychology

Amy Battistone  M.S.W., R.S.W.
(she/her pronouns)

Bachelor in Social Work, Lakehead University (2010)
Master of Social Work, Lakehead University (2012)

 Experience: 10 years of clinical work with women, children and youth in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, healthy relationships (with self and others) and trauma.

 Philosophy: I provide a safe and creative space for people to grow and heal in the way they desire.

Marian Best
Addictions Clinical Supervisor

Over 20 years experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, alcoholism, mental health and its impact on their determinants of health. I sit on the Waterloo Regional Integrated Drug Strategy including the Steering Committee as well as the Regional Opioid Advisory Committee.

Education: Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor, Certified Canadian Addictions Clinical Supervisor and Member in good standing of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation. Over the course of my career I studied, Behavioural Sciences/Social Service Worker, Philosophy and Addiction Studies at McMaster University.

Services offered include assessments, treatment and referral options, collaboration with justice, health and counselling services and facilitating recovery support groups for families and consumers.

I believe all people deserve to feel valued as part of our community and have the opportunity to work through the continuum of care from harm reduction to abstinence. Treatment matching to ensure a client centered approach and offering a circle of care provides an opportunity for healthy recovery. I am incredibly thankful for a generous community which supports our recovery homes and social enterprise “Harvesting Hope” This helps our residents feel valued and offers hope for a better future.

Anita Byrnell
Recovery Home and Addictions Support Worker

Education: Conestoga College; Social Service Worker Diploma

Experience: Over 4 years of experience working directly with people who are in the height of their addictions, many experiencing homelessness and struggling for a way out. Often individuals were also experiencing difficulty navigating the support systems and struggled with mental health.

Area of Specialty: Engaging with individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, and or mental health. Building Relationships to assist these individuals to find purpose, wellness, and to navigate through community systems.

Providing two unique roles, one within the recovery home and the other working with partners of domestic violence, both allow me the opportunity to connect with appropriate resources. I encourage the women in our recovery homes to believe in themselves and to develop a sense of autonomy and self efficacy while supporting them through this difficult journey.

Derek Campbell, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Clinical Director/Registered Social Worker

Education: Masters of Social Work (MSW)

Years of Experience: 17

Areas of Speciality: Anger, addiction, family violence, depression, anxiety/stress, adolescent mental health, couples/family.

Philosophy: My approach is strength-based and client-centered. I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches and ensure our work is collaborative and allows for effective goal development and problem management.

Valerie Clark, M.Ed., R. P., C.C.C.
Registered Psychotherapist

Education: Master’s in Education with Specialization in Counselling
Certified Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Registered member with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Experience: Clinical work with individuals in both English and French including: Stress/Anxiety, Depression, Grief and loss, Addictions, Anger management, Self-esteem and Trauma.

Philosophy: My philosophy is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my clients to embark on their journey towards change. I do so by using strength-based and client-centered approaches.

Brenda Clements 
Community Program Coordinator/
PAR(Partner Assault Response Program)-Partner Contact

Education: Conestoga College, Social Service Worker

Years of Experience: 17

Areas of Specialty: Programming-group homes Family coach Homelessness (displaced youth) Seniors (Alzeimer’s, wellness, social interaction) Youth (homelessness, displaced youth, programming in group homes), working with low income families.

Taylor Geim, RP(Q), MA (she/her pronouns)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) 

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Child and Family Studies, University of Guelph 
Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University 

Member of: 
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) 

Taylor is entering the field of clinical therapy with a broad therapeutic background, including a focus in community settings, addictions and mental health, and post-secondary counselling.  

Taylor strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative space to enhance mental health and well-being. She supports clients in achieving goals, resolving challenges, and living healthier lives. In her practice, she draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). 


Don Johnson
Addictions Counsellor

Starting in the area of outreach support to our communities’ marginalized people, he pursued his career and has worked in the field of addictions for the past 16 years.

Education: A member in good standing of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation and a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor having studied at McMaster University in the Addiction Studies Program.

Don currently facilitates groups including Relapse Prevention/Recovery Support Groups, provides addiction counselling focusing on treatment assistance, referrals and collaboration with community partners and supports our men’s recovery home.

Don’s personal philosophy is every person matters and is deserving of help.

Cecil KuwabaraM.S.W., R.S.W
Individual, Couple & Family Therapist

Education: Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) Registered Member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSW).

Years of Experience: 41 years of clinical counselling/therapy.

Areas of Speciality: Couple Counselling (Restorative Work) Individual therapy dealing with Reactive Depression and Anxiety. Utilizing a Solution -Focused, Didactic method to produce change and healing.

Personal Philosophy:  To provide support, information and encouragement to clients during their times of distress.

Nancy Kuwabara, M.A., RP
Registered Psychotherapist

Registered Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Member of EMDR of Canada and EMDRIA – International

Master of Art: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy – Wilfrid Laurier University
EMDR trained
EMDR Child Specialist Certificate Level 1 with Ana Gomez
Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment with Dr. Janina Fisher – Level 1, 2 and 3
CACPT Bereavement, Grief, and Loss Certificate


Nancy works from a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach tailored to empower clients as they explore the healing of the impact of various traumas, complicated grief, family violence, loss, depression, and anxiety. Nancy believes in accompanying clients as they work to restore a sense of safety, strength, and self-worth.

Creative art/play therapy approaches are used to create safe spaces for children and youth to explore and regulate their emotions, process grief and trauma, build strength and resilience, and develop healthier connections in relationships.

Mission Statement: I endeavor to encourage and serve clients with understanding, integrity, and compassion through which hope and vision may be realized.

Gord Moir

PAR Facilitator

Education:  B.A. (Philosophy), Master of Divinity from Huron University College, University of Western Ontario.

 Medals:  Canada Decoration, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

 Speciality:  Fifteen years experience working in the Partner Assault Response Program, as a facilitator and administrator.  I work to provide a safe environment for clients to learn to be the best partner (and parent) they can possibly be.  Clients grow their relationship skills in order to promote the development of safe, healthy families in our community.


Caleb Redekop
PAR Facilitator

Caleb has worked in the Social Service sector for 6 years in the areas of mental health, addictions and homelessness. Most recently he has worked at the Kitchener Public Library where he provided therapeutic recreational opportunities for youth and adults dealing with mental health concerns, addictions and/or homelessness. He has also worked in harm reduction, shelter and street outreach work with individuals experiencing homelessness. In these roles he supported individuals through health concerns, life changes as well as death and dying.

Coming from a strengths base approach and a trauma informed lens, Caleb works with people surrounding emotional regulation, stress, anger, addictions and conflict resolution.
I support people to use their already present skills to find wellness on their own terms and in a sustainable way.

Sabina Santilli, B.S.W., R.S.W., M.A.
Therapist/VAW Coordinator

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Social Work

Years of Experience: Over 20 years of experience working with adults, families, children and adolescents.
Based on my philosophy that we all desire to experience a sense of belonging and to live a happy, productive and creative life, I encourage, support and empower my clients to deal with life’s challenges and build a better future.

Areas of Specialty: Trauma work around sexual abuse and family violence, separation and divorce, depression, anxiety, loss and grief recovery.

Paul Sauder

PAR Facilitator

Education:  B.A. Women’s Studies and Global Studies – Wilfred Laurier University

Five years experience working with men in violence prevention public education.  As a Partner Assault Response program facilitator I believe in challenging stereo types about traditional masculinity and promoting positive masculinity so participants can learn tools to create healthy and happy relationships.



Jessica Strobel, MSW, RSW (she/her pronouns)

Registered Social Worker, PAR Facilitator and Individual Therapist

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Waterloo
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jessica is entering the field of clinical therapy with a broad social services background, including children’s mental health, employment counselling, settlement services and community development.

Jessica strives to centre her work on clients’ own goals, strengths and wisdom. She draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy in her practice.

Sora Yun, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, PAR Facilitator and individual therapist

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Waterloo
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Clinical work with individuals experiencing substance use concerns, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

My philosophy is to work towards an anti-oppressive practice and provide safer spaces for folks to express themselves without judgment. My goal is to "walk with" you in your journey, building trust and transparency along the way. I use a trauma informed and strengths based approach to help you expand your coping skills.


Our Board

Our board is drawn from members from across the Region of Waterloo and North Dumfries.  If you are thinking of supporting our agency, please consider bringing your gifts and talents to one of the committees or to the board.  We seek individuals with a lived experience of struggles with mental health; with accounting, legal, management, communications, marketing, technology, special events/fundraising experience or enthusiasm as well as counselling administration experience.

Family Counselling Centre enjoys excellent support from our board of directors.  Currently our members are: 

  • Cameron Dearlove, Interim Executive Director, ex officio
  • Diana Drackley, President, Not-for-Profit Consultant
  • Ray Ward, Treasurer, Retired Staff Sergeant
  • Jessica Bellamy, Registered Nurse
  • Natalie Green, Waterloo Region Police Services
  • Rosemary Redshaw, Administrative Executive
  • Sherri Tryon-Hughes, Career Centre Manager, Conestoga College
  • Tara Chapman, Aspiring Entrepreneur, previous Office/Showroom Manager
  • Janet Jones, Student/Instructor


In addition to our board of directors there a number of standing committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Marketing/Events Committee
  • Risk Management Committee
  • Addictions Committee




Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries

18 Walnut Street,
Cambridge, ON
N1R 2E7

Tel. 519-621-5090